Intellectual Property - Patents, Copyrights, and Other Protectionist Barriers (lecture)
This session cover the role of patents and copyrights - how the government imposes monopolies to provide incentives - by pointing out the cost of patent monopolies in prescription drugs, examining alternatives to patent financing for prescription drug research, and exploring alternatives to copyrights for supporting music, movies, and software.
For background materials, including streaming video and lecture slides, please see the CEPR Economic Seminar Series web page.
Hu Xin Xin
April 18, 2007
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